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the obama administ impacting many american families. first what does 2013 hold for conservatives and the republican party. what should be the gop agenda be for the new year. morning of america former drug czar bill bennett. welcome back. >> happy new year. how are you, sean? >> basic question. owe ma wins but the republicans stay in the house. what should they be thinking the republicans thinker the final stopgap against the obama administration. how should they see themselves. >> they are one of the major stopgaps. the other should be the american people. the founder said the last protection is the american people. >> but the american people vote ford obama. they voted for divided government really. >> a lot of them did. we have to argue people made a mistake and we have to understand why they are at risk and more at risk with this administration. you give up on the american people you give up. they may have been lulled into an acquiesce sense to obama and notoriety and fame. they are the ultimate. >> in america five years ago if i would have told you that states would vote for
was reportedly among the dead. the ongoing drone attacks come days after a federal judge ruled the obama administration is under no obligation to publicly disclose their legal justification. the american civil liberties union and the new york times had filed a lawsuit under the freedom of information act demanding u.s. government disclose the legal basis for launching drone strikes overseas. the suit was filed after the u.s. kill the american-born cleric anwar al awlaki in yemen despite having never charged him with a crime. in upholding the obama at the ministration's right to secrecy, u.s. district judge colleen mcmahon expressed misgivings about the drone program itself writing -- the alice-in-wonderland nature some of the first details have emerged on the white house's effort to tackle gun control in the aftermath of last month's shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut. the washington buzz reports the task force overseen by vice- president joe biden is mulling proposals include some reinstatement of the expired ban on assault weapons and high- capacity magazines, universal backgrou
obama saying that he would throw israel under the bus. the american jewish community in commit polls voted 70% for obama. they didn't believe those arguments. there are a variety of former american ambassadors to israel, leading israelis, leading jewish commentators. i myself write for a jewish newspaper at my hometown. there is significant support for chuck hagel and his positions. these are really not fair charges. he has a track record of supporting sanctions on iran, tough diplomacy with iran. >> in addition gay rights groups have also expressed opposition because of the comments he made just a little over a decade ago about american ambassador to luxembourg james hormel who is gay. i know he's apologized for these comments. what are your thoughts about that? there are still a number of gay rights advocates who have serious concerns about chuck hagel. >> this is a watershed moment in our country where the don't ask, don't tell policy has been repealed. chuck hagel has recognized the wisdom of that. came out forcefully with a response saying that he rejected what he said in the pa
terrorist attacks on the u.s. and save american lives, the united states government conducts targeted strikes against specific al qaeda terrorists, sometimes using remotely piloted aircraft often referred to publicly as drones. >> president obama prepares to nominate john brennan to head the cia. that the assassination czar, brennan has played a key role backing some of the most controversial post 9-eleven policies from the secret drone war to extraordinary rendition to wireless surveillance. we will look it the nomination for republican senator chuck hagel, fellow republicans have criticized him for views on iraq, iran, and israel. then, the steubenville rape case in ohio. >> we are anonymous. around mid august 2012, a party to present a small town in ohio known as steubenville. [indiscernible] kidnapping and rape of a 15- year-old girl. >> the hacker activist group anonymous has helped expose new details about a horrific high school gang rape case involving football players in ohio. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report.
us. have a great weekend. lou: good evening, everyone. the imperious obama presidency flat out refusing to negotiate with republicans on the national debt ceiling. the republicans led by speaker boehner are determined to take up debt and spending once again. this time he says the american people are on his si. the speaker today in the republican caucus meeting behind closed doors. bigger banner making it clear that the president's refusal to negotiate will not deter him or his party and the speaker said that the esident said that he isn't going to have a debate with us over the debt ceiling. he also says that he's not going to cut spending along with a debt limit hike. fiscal cliff behind us on the focus turns to spending. speaker boehner cited a new poll, showing 72% of americans agree with him. but any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by an equal amount in spending cuts. senator john cornyn saying that if the president inten the president intends to carry through with his no negotiation threat, but a government shutdown may be the only way to find resolution. th
are going to be looking at $26,000 in debt. thank you, mr. obama. >> the basic poi is that the american people know that we have to have cutbacks in entitlement programs. lou: let's set aside the european tax rates. [talking over each other] lou: let me ask you this. if you don't think that the republicans experience anything, is there any way in which we can get to that point? >> welcome the republicans have to have a strong standpoint on what they think needs to be done. what they are willing to vote for. so far we haven't seen that. >> president obama is responsible for the government. what would you have him do? >> we need to have a strong proposal. >> there only for programs that count anymore. defense and social security and health care. lou: david weise, thank you so much for being with us. up next, a new york executive takes on the aw and an overbearing use of the newspape. we will be talking about the putnam county fiasco max. and arizona's tom horne with a ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you turn an entrepreneur's dream... ♪ into a scooter that talks to the cloud? ♪ or turn
. the afghan president has insistd that all remaining american soldiers should follow afghan law while president obama has called that a deal breaker and for are any potential security agreement. robert young peloton is with us. he has just come back from afghanistan. he is an author and filmmaker. he was spending weeks with u.s. special forces hunting taliban militants. good afternoon. >> hi, how are you doing? >> shepard: he blames us for everything. why in the world would the president talk to him? >> you have to watch his game. he is looking forward to releasing all of the 3,000 or so prisoners while u.s. forces are busy putting them in jail. he knows he will not get the north so he decided to bring the taliban back into the government. these things won't be discussed too openly as he begs president obama to keep troops there and i think he will have to relent on the u.s. troops being is subject to afghan law because we will just pull out of there. >> shepard: the goal has been the most recent goal in a series of goals in afghanistan has been to put afghan security forces back in c
. >> isn't she american? >> exactly. >> lords and ladies across america preparing for the highly anticipated return of "downton abbey." >>> good evening. president obama is back from his vacation tonight and fresh off the fiscal showdown, he is already girding for what's expected to be the next political showdown. tonight, nbc news can confirm he will wade right back into the fray tomorrow by nominating former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. at face value, the pick of a longtime republican lawmaker for the job could be seen as a rare act of bipartisanship in a sharply divided town. but tonight, opponents on both sides of the aisle are sharpening their claws for what could be a testy confirmation fight. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander joins us from washington now with more. hello, peter. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. with the fiscal cliff crisis barely in our rearview mirror, the white house's decision to pick chuck hagel as secretary of defense is likely to ignite a contentious confirmation battle. congress is out of session this we
in with president obama and also part of the concern that americans don't trust democrats to deploy power to be forceful in the world have adopted in many of the institutions they have built in four to five to six years a pentagon hugging strategy of not wanting to reform or cut because of the fear that they will be considered vietnam democrats, anti-military democrats. >> and i think there's some truth to that and i do think in this time where we are going to be looking at cutting the pentagon's budget and scaling back our military to a certain extent, i do think maybe republican would be better positioned to do that and wouldn't be, especially one who's served in the vietnam war wouldn't be subject to the criticisms in the same way a democrat could be. >> part of obama's calculus. >> i will say i would like to see some women picked for some positions. maybe obama needs to borrow some of the romney's binders full of women. >> he has own. >> why did barney frank do aboutface? he's campaigning to be the appointed senator of massachusetts and duval patrick as governor of the massachusetts w
of the smaller subgroups in american politics was finding some pretty discouraging numbers for obama in terms of engagement among young voters and latino voters in particular. the african-american voters were there. now, the intensity of support for obama really hadn't faded between '08 and '12. the signs were there very early that the black vote would be there for obama not just in terms of supporting him over kerry, but really being enthusiastic in getting out to the polls. the signs were always pretty solid in that respect. the younger voters were looking very disengaged over the summer. the conventions didn't really get them inspired, maybe not surprisingly. i don't know that the conventions really were targeted to younger voters. but we were not seeing the evidence that we saw in 2008 of a really fired-up youth vote that was really enthusiastic about getting out there and voting for him. but, of course, as you all know, that ended, they ended up coming through. i mean, probably the biggest story of election night was the composition of the electorate. and i think for myself as an analyst
by americans in 2009 and 2010 and homeowners in danger of losing their homes. bill richardson and eric schmidt touched down in korea hours ago. last week the obama administration discourage this trip which the pair call a private humanitarian mission. >>> so, how much dough will hostess make on its bread brands? the "wall street journal" is reporting flower's food and another one are in talks to buy wonderer bread and nature's pride for an estimated $350 million. a lot of dough. >>> starting this month washington is the first state to charge electric vehicle owners $100 a year to pay for wear and tear on state roads a fee that's collected on gas tax. >>> from careercast enlisted military personnel have the most stressful jobs in the country. >>> so where do you want to spend your stress free days in retirement? for the fifth year in a row, ecuador was the top foreign retirement destination for folks from u.s. and canada due to its affordability, weather and welcoming cu welcoming culture. >>> this year tokyo restaurant owner she would out $1.7 million for one bluefin tuna. i wonder if he ate i
negotiations, president obama is drawing some very public lines in the sand over fiscal fights to come. likely trying to win over american support with more public campaign style tactics. on the debt ceiling essentially the credit card limit shall the president is calling on congress to raise that ceiling without a fight. >> one thing i will not compromise over is whether or not congress should pay the tab for a bill they've already wracked up. if congress fuses to give the united states ability to pay for bills on time. the consequence could be sc catastrophic. the last time our families and businesses suffered for it. >> congress has about two months to fix the debt ceiling before the u.s. may have to default on some bills. >> how is that tough talk going over with republicans? >> not very well. >> republicans who agreed for the president's push for higher taxes during the fiscal cliff battle, now want to tackle spending and raising the debt limit as part of the spending problem. we want more bipartisan negotiations and less campaigning. >> and it looks like the second term of barack obama i
. >> this is the man president obama wants to lead the largest military force the world has ever known. a former soldier who knows the cost of war. >> he knows war is not an abstraction. he knows the sending young americans to fight and believe in the dark and muddy is something we only do when absolutely necessary. >> he is to be a republican senator, but he is a provocative thick. -- pick. >> i will do my best for my country and those i represent at the pentagon and for all of my citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> he served in vietnam twice wounded and twice decorated. he had friends who got their heads blown off. he criticized the handling of the iraq war calling it -- >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> the tv campaign against him started when his nomination was just a rumor. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> opponents claim he is anti- israeli, even anti-semitic. he once opposed the appointment of an ambassador, criticized -- criticizing him for being openly, aggressively gay. >> good morning. how
the american people intelligence. when they are getting a cut in pay local taxes, it's not much money. at first it was cut. when obama did this at the last minute. >> the point of that was, democrats never saw the paycheck coming. >> bob: you are making it sound like, everybody is seeing a massive pay decrease and it's a small amount of money so don't use it as if obama raised their rates on everyone. >> president obama beat his record from last, which being 10 and beat 9, i think it was $39 billion in food stamps when george bush left office. hundred billion dollars. >> dana: let's say that everybody needs, "x" amount fraud. 15% however that figures in to. as a country we're not talking about how to help people get off the system and on to a more sustainable lifestyle to be able to take care of themselves. when you opened you talked about an article when president obama is quoted by boehner as saying he said to him we don't have a spending problem. the white house is not backtracked on that. obama has backtracked on something, medicaid cuts. he was willing to do $110 billion in cuts and he is
because you cannot win when you continue to -- >> there are actual american people, a voter, presumably who -- >> their base is getting smaller and smaller and smaller, and their rhetoric. it's so interesting listening to mcconnell. they've already tried this. obama has to lead. he is not leading. you know, now boehner is saying i'm not going to negotiate directly with president obama when last year it was they wanted to stuck obama in because they thought that was going to take him down. it was like, come on, guys. what are you doing, actually? what's your strategy here? i've said this before. they're going from tactic to tactic to tactic without an actual strategy or a vision of where they're actually trying to go. >> the other thing is i would say -- i apologize for interrupting. the addendum to that in terms of getting smaller and smaller, there's a chart that was laid out pretty clearly, that a lot of this is that especially in the house, i mean, nationally there is a broader problem, but in terms of congressional republicans and congressional democrats these seats have been jerry
obama is an elected president by the american people. and he grants the will of the american people by working for the interests of the american people and this is the american people's right in their president. i respect him and i value him. he played an effective and important role in the cease-fire in regard s to gaza. he cooperated with us in a big way. i'm still in constant communication with him. when we meet, there will be a chance to talk about cooperation in different areas like scientific research, manufacturing and production, investments and tourism. >> so you plan on coming to the united states, god willing, in the first quarter of this year, between now and the end of march? >> translator: before the end of the first quarter, god willing, i will visit, as you said i will visit, the united states of america, and i will be happy with this visit. >> i asked the egyptian president about the blind egyptian cleric who was convicted here in the united states in connection with the 1993 world trade center bombing. omar abdel-rahman is serving a life sentence in a u.s. prison.
this novel interpretation since the '70s and' 80s that it's about an individual right american a militia. if you look at the package of reforms being offered by the obama administration, they are looking at the commerce around guns, things the government can go ahead and regulate. in some cases that the obama administration could just do because it's regulating the dealers. it's regulating the sellers, and that's one thing that i think is doable even if congress were to resist. and what i mean -- >> kill these gun shows? i would love to see that. >> i don't know if you can do much about that but you can force them to abide by the background checks that a licensed dealer has to abide by. even at a gun show you have to be licensed. since the government is giving you that license and you do not have a constitutional right to a license to deal guns, the government can regulate it there. and i think your other guest is exactly right. you have got to look at things like if you buy five or more guns at a time or in a week, why can't you get the same scrutiny or at least have that reported the s
. she says, 70% of americans are deficient in the vitamin. >>> in other news this morning, a $9.7 billion bill to help victims of superstorm sandy is logged. president obama signed the aid deal which will pay flood insurance claims. the white house says 100,000 claims would have been held up without extra money. house vote next week on a more comprehensive $51 billion sandy aid package. the vote expedited after republicans, democrats, assailed boehner for not getting it done, fiscal cliff deal. apparently now $60 billion on the way, badly needed money when you compare it to how fast, say, katrina victims got their aid. what's happening in the northeast with sandy. >> at least it happened. >> yes. better late than never. right? >> exactly. >>> a look at your weather. heavy rain in the pacific northwest mountain snow in the cascade and rockies. evening thunderstorms from houston to corpus christi. showers, thunderstorms in florida. thawing from denver to new york. >> 40s here in the northeast, 30s, fargo to detroit. 55, sacramento. 61 in phoenix. >>> oh as you all know, christian
's going to kill jobs. it's going to hurt small businesses. he's going to hurt every american. but number two, it combined those tax increases not with spending cuts, which is what president obama campaigned on every day, but instead with spending increases. $330 billion in additional new spending. that just made the problem worse. it wasn't a serious response to the grave fiscal and economic problems facing this country. >> woodruff: i remember reading your father said that you weren't coming to washington to compromise. are you saying compromise is a bad thing in our system of government? >> well, no, not at all. in fact my view on compromise is exactly ronald reagan's view. president reagan said what do you do if they offer you half a loaf? answer, you take it. then you come back for more. i am very, very happy to compromise, to work with anybody, democrat, independent, libertarians. i've joked i'll work with martians, if they're willing to cut spending, to tackle the debt, to have fundamental tax reform, to have regulatory reform and pro growth policies. we've got to fix these problem
a republican since the great depression. he was the first american mayor in new york city that had been in decades and he had a city council but was committed to his destructions just like the republican congress was committed to barack obama's downfall and his first term and he had to work with those guys and he did work with them and also the machiavellian outlasted them and he outmaneuvered them. they refused to confirm the appointments and then there was the famous massacre they had a meeting because there were three members who had been arrested or indicted or convicted of the crimes such as insurance fraud and fixing races at a local track. to better use that to kind of enter the two that he took over the city council and they came to town and wrote on the future and said that in the general population if they said something like tendrils some of the province of the city council. the genius was that he could connect with people. he had charm, charisma, she could walk into the room and if there were 100 people there and 99 left and he would go to the one that hated him and when tha
for me to come up with a proper superlative to express the disgust i got with president obama and the congress. the gamesmanship and stagecraft that they substituted for statesmanship by rushing through a last-minute piece of legislation is going to cause about 80% of americans to pay more taxes. and it does absolutely nothing to deal with the real problem of run away spending. of course, since incumbents were sent back at a 94% rate in the past election, voters have to accept their responsibility in this disaster of a government. for those who actually believed president obama's promise that if your income was under $250,000, you wouldn't pay one more dime in taxes. then you probably feel sucker punched because you are going to pay an average of about $1,600 more because of the payroll tax increase. now since the person that you probably work for is going to pay that, plus an additional 4.9% tax, i wouldn't count
barlett and james steele on booktv. >> caller: thank you for taking my call. the african-american community is really conflicted as to what president obama has done to address our economic concerns, and i see your book "time on the cross." does this book give any basis as to why, um, african-americans seem to do the worst during times of economic distress? >> host: mary, i don't think they wrote a week called -- a book called "time on the cross." >> guest: no, this was on the list -- >> host: oh, i apologize, mary. was this your list? >> guest: yeah. >> host: okay. >> guest: i'll explain this. this was a book done by -- let's go back. literature is filled with references to lawyers. let's, you know, let's kill all the lawyers, you know, from shakespeare forward. h.l. mencken, you name it. everybody wants to do in the lawyers, and i'm sympathetic to that. there's some merit there. but the one at the top of my list is not lawyers, it's economists who i think have done more harm to this country than any other single group. in this particular group, right after reading -- i forget ev
government. i congratulate president obama on his reelection. of the and american people have spoken, and it's up to us as a little opposition to support the president whatever we possibly can, especially on national security, foreign policy issue. very briefly, russia clearly has failed. the ngos being thrown out, the new definition of treason law that was just passed a couple days ago and russia. i mean, the list is a long. by the way, we're about to pass the bill through the united states senate. just went to the house but it will be very interesting to see mr. putin's reaction to that. i believe that vladimir putin believes in the near abroad. we see him meddling in the ukraine, in the baltics. we could go on for a long time, that my judgment of our relations with russia is that we're going to have to have an evaluation of that. because i do not believe the reset -- i mean, doing away with a non-lugar bill which is clearly, which has got to do with -- nunn-lugar bill, is clearly in russia's interest. why in the world what they want him to get that? as far as iran is concerned, i think th
not reflect my views, i apologize to ambassador hormel and lgbt americans who may question their commitment to their civil rights. >> whatever chuck hagel's views were, if he does become secretary of defense, he will have to fall in line with president obama's policies on everything from defense spending to what to go about iran's nuclear program. barbara starr, cnn the pentagon. >>> child's play is turned into something resembling survival tackics with the daily threat of death from war. we take you inside one refugee camp where children are seeking safety below ground. getting there with the only tool they have. their hands. [ male announcer ] break the grip of aches or arthritis pain with odor free aspercreme. powerful medicine relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. >>> in syria, a scathing speech today from bashar al assad, and more bloodshed throughout the country. >>> a syrian opposition group says at least 101 people were killed today nationwide. 28 died in de mass cass and the suburbs, 22 in aleppo. as the bombs were falling and the bullets flying
did not become the king's first minister to preside over the liquidation of the british empire. obama is saying, i did not become president of united states to preside over the liquidation over the welfaretat. we saw it in his actions. biggest expansion entitlements and biggest spending bill in american history with the stimulus. now what we saw with the fiscal cliff negotiations and now we have -- it just isn't these -- but words to the speaker, we're not interested in spending cuts. spending is not the problem. >> bret: ed henry is reporting that treasury-secretary nominee he has history of the clinton white house, a guy that has talked about entitlement reform and seriousness of all of this. how does that fit in the future of what we are hearing here that this white house is not really ready to do any serious cutting currently? >> i don't think it's not true they are not ready to do serious cutting. they were talking about repositioning the cpi so that you would have a decrease in the rate of increase of spending on entitlement programs. in addition to which they were fully willing
for democrats politically? if barack obama gets his republican secretary of defense or if republicans who, after deep sixing an african-american woman for secretary of state, now turn and savage one of their own? what's better for barack obama? because i personally think that republicans killing hagel's nomination is the best political thing that could ever happen to democrats. because it makes republicans just look obstructionist. >> well, i'll dial that back a couple points on the meter. the president losing a nomination fight would be bad for him and there would be costs on both sides. i think you're right in the sense that if i think what all of us think is that he will get through. and if they can work this thing in such a way as to highlight his strengths, all of the things we've mentioned here, and make republicans look extreme in the process of trying to bloody him up, it could be a win-win for the president. he gets the guy he wants and makes republicans look bad in the process. i think you have to look at -- watch these guys, watch john mccain on this because all of the brothers in the
with a change in the retirement age. the majority of american people do not agree with significant cuts to medicare and medicaid. >> nobody ever wants to go on a diet. >> this is not president obama saying that he -- this is basically -- >> we all want free stuff. we all want lots of stuff. the question is can we afford it? there's no doubt about it. you're right. >> maria, the tax deal that we just passed, the economists included in that taking -- adding back into medicare the 700 millions of provider cuts that were already in there. at the same time they're essentially raising taxes, they're walking away from a set of spending cuts that were already in there. >> you know, the biggest bunch of baloney about spending cuts i've heard is the notion of these medicare cuts. every year they say they pay the doctors less. the doctors scream and congress and administration rescinds it. these are phony cuts. we've got to deal with real cuts. and the job creators alliance is trying to get people to focus on real cuts. >> that's a great point, tom. much of the cuts we're talking about are cuts of
with a proper superlative to express the disgust i got with president obama and the congress. the gamesmanship and stagecraft that they substituted for statesmanship by rushing through a last-minute piece of legislation is going to cause about 80% of americans to pay more taxes. and it does absolutely nothing to deal with the real problem of run away spending. of course, since incumbents were sent back at a 94% rate in the past election, voters have to accept their responsibility in this disaster of a government. for those who actually believed president obama's promise that if your income was under $250,000, you wouldn't pay one more dime in taxes. then you probably feel sucker punched because you are going to pay an average of about $1,600 more because of the payroll tax increase. now since the person that you probably work for is going to pay that, plus an additional 4.9% tax, i wouldn't count
insensitive. they do not reflect my views. i apologize to ambassador hormel and lgbt americans who may question their commitment to their civil rights. whatever chuck hagel's views were as a senator, if he does become secretary of defense, he'll have to fall in line with president obama's policies on everything from defense spending to what to do about iran's nuclear program. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >>> child's play is turned into something resembling survival tactics. with the daily threat of death from war and from the freezing cold. we take you inside one refugee camp where children are seeking safety below ground. getting there with the only tool they have, their hands. you know, i can save you 15% today if you open up a charge card account with us. >> you just read my mind. >> announcer: just one little piece of information and they can open bogus accounts, stealing your credit, your money and ruining your reputation. that's why you need lifelock to relentlessly protect what matters most... [beeping...] helping stop crooks before your identity is attacked. and now you ca
insensitive. they do not reflect my views. i apologize to ambassador hormel and any lgbt americans who may question my commitment to their civil rights. whatever chuck hagel's views were as a senator, if he does become secretary of defense, he will have to fall in line with president obama's policies on everything from defense spending to what to do about iran's nuclear program. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >>> quiet in steubenville, ohio, today after days of media coverage centering on the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl. both sides are preparing their case for a february 13th trial inform a case that has divided the small ohio town. the two 16-year-old high school football players are charged with sexual assaulting the girl last summer. the alleged attack took place at several parties over the course of a night and were well-documented by students who were there. the defense attorney for one accused teen spoke to our own susan candiotti and he claims a text message may be a crucial piece of evidence in the upcoming trial. attorney adam neeman would not show us the alleged text. t
a city that had not like the republicans as the great depression. he was the first time in american mayor in the city that had been ruled by aristarchus for decades. and he had a city council that was committed to his destruction , just like the republican congress was committed to barack obama downfall and his first term. and he had to work with those guys. he did work with them comanche also machiavellian maneuvers that he had, he outlasted them and he outmaneuvered them. there was this -- they refused to confirm any of his appointments, and then there was the famous massacre, they called it, or the city council had a meeting in it did not have a quorum because there were three members to have been arrested or indicted or convicted of various crimes such as insurance fraud
diplomacy noting the american people want out of the war. which is true. the president yesterday. >> obama: my number one criteria will be who's going to do the best job in helping to secure america. i've served with chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. >> stephanie: lindsey graham said that hagel would be the most an taggist inic secretary of defense in our nation's history. you know why? it makes you an israel hater. >> it makes more sense. >> stephanie: in twat 2000, he criticized sarah palin saying she lacked foreign policy credentials. it would be a stretch to consider her president. what? [ cuckoo clock chimes ] >> it turned out it was a stretch for her to be qualified for vice president. >> or anything for that matter. >> stephanie: he would make a great secretary of state. who said that? >> norman rockwell. >> stephanie: john mccain said that. he said he's not really a republican by his standards which are new apparently. jim, who said hagel was a respected leader in america who served his country admirably with honor and distinction? >> sarah palin. >> stephanie: no. [ buzzer
the payroll tax cut expire and agreeing to tax hikes on higher income americans, but according to goldman sachs' chief u.s. economy costs the u.s. 200 billion in spending with no spending cuts in sight and speaker boehner is quoted as saying president obama admitted during closed door negotiations the president said, quote, we don't have a spending problem in this country. joining us is art laffer, former advisor to president reagan. it's almost hard to know where to start with this, but let's start with the notion, if the democrats sincerely believe there's no spending problem in this country, this is going to make any sort of resolution that much more difficult. >> yeah, i don't think it's all the democrats by any means, charles. it's clearly president obama, that's clearly true. and steve moore's piece was excellent. it went through a lot of logic and i'm a huge fan of boehner, i think that speaker boehner is really great and did a good job. he had no choice, but to let the upper rates go higher. that's the killer in this economy and now the democrats own it and have to live with it. c
by president obama. >> as president and commander in chief, my most solemn obligation is the security of the american people. we have met that responsibility. by ending the war in iraq, a transition to afghanistan, and decimating the al qaeda core, and taking out osama bin laden. by disrupting terrorist plots, saving countless american lives. among an outstanding team i am especially grateful to leon panetta pew as lead the cia and our military -- u.s. lead the cia and our military. you have more than earned the right to return to civilian life. i have much more to say about his distinguished service in the days ahead. today i want to convey the eternal gratitude. thank you so much. i also want to thank michael who has earned the admiration of all of us who have worked with them across the government and here in the white house. in moments of transition he has guided the cia with a steady hand as acting director not once but twice. he is a consummate professional. everybody who works with him across agencies consider some truly to be one of our most outstanding national security team
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